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Painting missile and rocket pods

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  • Member since
    October, 2015
Painting missile and rocket pods
Posted by Patacon41 on Friday, October 06, 2017 1:34 PM


After a 5 year hiatus I am returning to modeling and airbrushing. The one thing that I have never gotten good at was painting rockets and missles pods, especially the ones that have the warheads recessed inside the launchers. I have looked high and low trying to find some reasonable material to learn how to paint them but all I find are topics on painting single missles or very brief posts on other forums that don't offer much help. 

Any backissues, sites or tips on how to paint them? My main goal would be the ones I have seen where the missle tips are inside the tube launchers and I have seen plenty of models where the tips are painted white, red, or some other color while the area around the missile launcher tube is black, red or some other color. Any tips are appreciated. I know it doesn't seem like an easy technique to master but I would like ideas/tips on how to approach it so I don't spend an excessive amount of time on a single part. 



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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, October 06, 2017 5:22 PM

Paint the launch container body first in whatever color it is supposed to be. If the end pieces are a different color, paint those next, or leave them in the body color if they are not. Paint any protruding warheads or fuses next with a fine brush. Lastly, apply a pin wash in the recesses of the tubes to show depth and separation. 


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  • Member since
    October, 2015
Posted by Patacon41 on Sunday, October 08, 2017 9:22 AM

Thanks. I was thinking of using a similar approach to the one you posted but yours it more organized and doable. Sounds like there is no way around it: if I want to detail them I will just have to develop skill, patience and have the right tools.


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